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Founding Board of the SKA

The Founding Board, formed in April 2011 carried out the preparatory work for the SKA Organisation (SKAO) which was subsequently formed in December 2011.

This global group of people made many of the key decisions which have driven the direction and timeline for development and deployment of the SKA. The founding board is now disbanded, but the SKA thanks and acknowledges the immense hard work that they undertook to help build this global telescope project.

From left to right: 1. Dr. Jinxin Hao, Deputy Director, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences (China) 2. Dr. Franz-Josef Zickgraf, Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (Germany) 3. Patricia Vogel, Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (Netherlands) 4. Jean-Marie Hameury, Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (France) 5. Patricia Kelly, Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (Australia) 6. Mr Jonathan Kings, Project Director, Ministry of Economic Development (New Zealand) 7. Prof. John Womersley, Director of Science Programmes, Science and Technology Facilities Council (United Kingdom) 8. Dr. Gabriele Villa, Director of Projects Department, Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (Italy) 9. Dr. Val Munsami, Deputy Director General, Department Science and Technology (South Africa). Image credit: INAF

Founding Board Members (disbanded)
Financial Authority Representatives: Science Representatives:

Australia

Ms Patricia Kelly

Deputy Secretary, Australian Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

Prof Brian Boyle

SKA Director anzSKA Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO)

China

Dr Jinxin Hao

Deputy Director, National Astronomical Observatories, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Dr Bo Peng

National Astronomical Observatories

France

Dr Jean-Marie Hameury

Institut National des Sciences de l’Univers du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS-INSU)

Dr Wim van Driel

Observatoire de Paris

Germany

Dr Franz-Josef Zickgraf

Germany Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)

Prof Michael Kramer

Max-Planck-Institut fur Radioastronomie

Italy

Dr Giampaolo Vettolan

iIstituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)

Dr Luigina Ferett

iIstituto Nazionale di Astrofisica (INAF)

New Zealand

Dr Jonathan Kings

Project Director, Ministry of Economic Development

Dr Melanie Johnston-Hollitt

Chair, New Zealand SKA Research & Development Consortium
Victoria University of Wellington

Republic of South Africa

Dr Val Munsami

Deputy Director General, Department Science and Technology

Dr Bernie Fanaroff

Project Director of SKA Africa

The Netherlands

Ms Patricia Vogel (Deputy Chair)

Nederlandse Organisatie voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek (NWO)

Prof Mike Garrett

General Director ASTRON

UK

Professor John Womersley (Chair)

Director Science Programmes, Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

Prof Steve Rawlings

University of Oxford

Observers:
Dr Greg Fahlman

National Research Council, Canada

Dr Russ Taylor

University of Calgary, Canada

Dr Elena Righi-Steele

European Commission

Ms Rowena Sirey

European Southern Observatory

Dr Yashwant Gupta

National Centre for Radio Astronomy, Pune University campus, India

Dr Hideyuki Kobayashi

National Astronomical Observatory of Japan (NAOJ), Japan

Dr Bong-Gyu Kim

Director of the Radio Division Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Korea

Dr Jongsoo Kim

Korea Astronomy and Space Science Institute (KASI), Korea

Board Secretary:
Ms Michelle Cooper

Science and Technology Facilities Council